Why would I want to do dragon boating?
It’s really fun, friendly and a great way to stay healthy and active.
As well as helping you to get and keep fit, it offers the opportunity to meet friendly, like-minded people, travel and participate in some competitive racing, both nationally and internationally, representing your club or even your country.
Is dragon boating an inclusive sport?
Absolutely yes… Dragon boating accommodates people of all ages, ability and gender, no individuals are excluded.
How do I start dragon boating at Henley?
Just contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill in the form below. We can then make arrangements for you to come down for your free introductory sessions.
During the three sessions you will be introduced to the club, its members, try it out and decide if dragon boating is a sport for you.
When are the trainings?
We train every Thursday at 7 pm and Sunday at 10 am all year round unless we are away racing. If you are planning to join us, please do contact us in advance to check we are not racing somewhere!
What equipment do I need?
Initially, you’ll need no equipment, as it will all be supplied by the club.
After your introductory sessions, if you choose to continue paddling then you will need to think about purchasing your own paddle and buoyancy aid.
What clothing is required?
General sportswear is fine, running or gym clothes are perfect. Dependent on the time of year and the weather you may want to think about some additional waterproof clothing, which helps keep you warm and dry.
Do I need to be able to paddle?
No, having no paddling experience is not a problem.
We have a scheme whereby all members are given the opportunity to learn to paddle and allows you to progress and develop at your own pace.
What do I get for my annual membership?
You’ll have access to all the paddlesports that are available at the Eyot Centre, be that dragon boating, canoeing or kayaking, plus highly experienced and qualified coaching staff.
In addition, the club offers access to a fully equipped gym, circuit training and other facilities.
Where are Henley Dragons located?
Our home is the Eyot Boat Centre, Wargrave Rd, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3JD, which is located five hundred metres upstream of Henley Bridge.
Is dragon boating a popular sport?
Dragon boating is officially the fastest growing team sport in the world, with over fifty million paddlers in China, three hundred thousand in the UK and Europe; and many thousands more in Canada, USA, Australia and New Zealand.
The sport is now spreading to the Caribbean, Africa and the Pacific Basin, giving it truly global coverage. For more info see www.idbf.org